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SIRAP Upgrades Begin for Malaita’s East Road

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Rehabilitation and upgrading work on a critical but deteriorated 21 kilometer stretch of road in East Malaita commenced last week. The upgrades are supported by the World Bank through the Solomon Islands Roads and Aviation Project (SIRAP) and are being implemented by the Ministry of Infrastructure Development.

 

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The works will take nine months to complete and include 19.9 kilometers of gravel road and 1.1 kilometers of concrete pavement, mainly on steep sections, along the spread from Dala North to Baratalo community near the popular Kware bridge. SIRAP will also support ongoing emergency and routine maintenance. Trades Transformation Company have been contracted to undertake the work, with supervision services from SMEC.“I’m pleased to see these important upgrades and critical rehabilitation work underway,” said Stephen Maesiola, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development. “This work will boost trade, enable better access for essential services and medical attention for the people of East Malaita. This work represents a significant improvement for the area’s infrastructure, promising smooth travelling to local communities and businesses,” he added.

In addition to SIRAP, SIRAP2 is also constructing four new bridges in Malaita (Kolofe 1, Kolofe 2, Su’u Harbor, and Bira Bridges), providing upgrades to Honiara airport and Santa Cruz (Lata) airfield, providing investments in air navigation systems in Makira-Ulawa and Temotu Provinces and supporting regional airport maintenance.

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